The driver of a stolen car drove over a police car and ran into an officer Wednesday evening. Another officer fired shots, but the suspect got away.
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Police were called to the Quick Stop convenience store at 1440 on 49th St. South around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after a stolen vehicle was spotted in the parking lot of the store.
Several unmarked police cars pulled into the parking lot to apprehend the suspect. Police say the suspect ran to the car as officers approached, got inside, and backed out so fast and with so much force that he drove up and over the top of one of the unmarked cruisers.
The suspect then drove forward, hitting St. Petersburg police officer Michael DeMark, who was on foot. DeMark, 29, was taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not serious and he has returned to duty.
Another officer, Neil Rambaran, 32, fired shots at the suspect, who drove off the cruiser, hit another two police vehicles, and fled eastbound on 15th Ave. S.
Police continue to search for the suspect, described as a male in his 20s, about 6' 1", wearing a black hoodie and black jeans.
The suspect was driving a stolen black 2006 Mazda 6, which likely has rear end damage, with a Florida tag, G142LV.
The Mazda 6 was stolen in the Palm Harbor area on January 2, and the tag actually belongs on a blue Chrysler. The tag was reported stolen in St. Petersburg on January 3.
The Mazda was recovered Thursday morning in the 8400 block of 5th Street North. The stolen tag had been removed.
No blood was found to indicate the driver had been injured, but bullet damage was found on the car.
St. Petersburg Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect in this case. Anyone with information should call the non-emergency number at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or may leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.